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One from the Heart,
This review is from: Rock of Faith (Audio CD)
I'm gonna say right now that this has to be a strong contender for my Album of the Year - even this early into 2003.
It begins with a haunting instrumental called Mondrago that is not unlike the main 'theme' in Hang on to a Dream.
The title track follows and, believe me, you will be knocked out by the incredible depth of feeling conveyed in JW's vocals - this is a man who has been/is in 'pain' following a turbulent period in his life over the past couple of years (i don't know the details).
A New Day follows and it is song about about 'hope' - the lyrics are stunning. "How many times have i been on my knees?, Screaming 'Someone, anyone, help me please!".
Next up is 'I've come to take you Home' which was co-written by JW and Geoff Downes and then the eery 'Who will light a candle?'
A new found 'belief' emerges in the track 'Nothing's gonna stand in our way' which is another co-write with long time JW collaborator Sue Schifrin - very Asia-like with an 'anthemic' chorus. This is followed by another intsrumental gem called Altro Mondo.
The album just keeps getting better and ends with four stunners!
'I believe in you' - "in my life, i commit and you know it's true, i believe in you". The songs builds from a quiet opening to feature a great Guitar-Saxophone duet.
Then the next track - 'Take me down to the Waterline' - again a great vocal track with wonderful keyboards and guitar.
Then, for me, the standout track - 'I Lay Down' - again co-written with Geoff Downes. This begins with John singing to a string-based backing with acoustic guitar and builds on layer upon layer of synths into a final screaming guitar solo culminating in a big 'church-organ-type' finish - all on the back of another set of inspired lyrics
The final track - 'When We Were Young' - is an acapella one and it is sensational!! The hairs on the back of my neck stood up listening to the power and beauty of Johns' performance along with, i think, his own studio-produced backing/harmony vocals.
This is an album that has been made by one of (Prog) Rocks' great stalwarts. In truth, his turbulent personal life has been the'making' of this album. It is obvious, in the autobiographical nature of much of the album, that the lyrics and the 'feeling' in his delivery come from deep within him.
I have rarely heard an album that conveyed power and feeling in the way that this one does...